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FCC Issues Final Rule on Caller ID Authentication
Nov 18, 2020 ACA International
– The final rule is part of requirements in the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act.
– Caller ID authentication is designed to stop caller ID spoofing and illegal robocalls. ACA has advocated on behalf of the industry to ensure legitimate calls are not impacted by these mitigation efforts.
The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday adopted a final rule implementing the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act requirements on caller ID authentication technology.
Several components in the rule take effect Dec. 17, while others were delayed indefinitely. Certain exemptions from caller ID authentication for voice service providers took effect Nov. 17, according to the rule published in the Federal Register on that date.
As a refresher, the FCC’s caller ID authentication framework is designed to stop illegal caller ID spoofing and robocalls. Caller ID authentication is often referred to as STIR/SHAKEN, a “framework of interconnected standards” that allows carriers to sign or label calls as legitimate and that they are in fact from the number displayed on the caller ID before reaching consumers, according to the FCC
Under the TRACED Act, voice service providers are required to fully implement the STIR/SHAKEN caller ID authentication by June 30, 2021.
According to the final rule, the component that takes effect Nov. 17 focuses on how a voice service provider may seek a voluntary exemption from the June 2021 caller ID authentication deadline by certifying on or before Dec. 1, 2020, that it has already made substantial progress toward adoption.
The final rule states that to obtain exemption, voice service providers must, by Dec. 1:
The FCC adopted the new rule on implementation of STIR/SHAKEN in September, ACA International previously reported. The rule approved by the FCC Sept. 29 is part of a second report and order titled “Promoting Caller ID Authentication to Combat Spoofed Robocalls .
The report and order are part of the FCC’s work to implement the TRACED Act and promote the deployment of caller ID authentication technology to combat spoofed robocalls.
ACA is reviewing the rule and will provide an update on the components that take effect in December.Keep Reading